The Salvation Army Beyond the Bells luncheon and fundraiser was held for the Murfreesboro location on Thursday. The event was at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center.
During the event, Captain Monica Seiler talked about how her life as a child was turned upside down by domestic violence, drugs and alcohol. She also talked about how her mother fled her abusive father with her and her two siblings.
Seiler then discussed how her life was changed by the Salvation Army, which is why she is now a dedicated worker and Captain with the non-profit.
Another woman who spoke at the event told the audience that she would not be where she is today if it were not for the local Salvation Army...
If you would like to donate to the local Salvation Army, use your smart phone to text 41444. Type in "Beyond" followed by your name. You will then be prompted to a screen where you can make a financial donation with your check or credit card.
Recap of Thursday Event:
The Salvation Army held their first ever "Beyond the Bells" luncheon at Embassy Suites. The event was used to bring awareness to the mission of the local Salvation Army and give the community a chance to give of their time, talents and donations to the organization.
Over 300 people attended the event, held Thursday. Captain Monica Seiler immediately after the luncheon reported their donation goal of 50-thousand dollars raised is well within reach.
The group recognized Bonnie and Debbie Price from Project 14, who served as honorary chairs of the event. Also, the Cristy-Houston Foundation was this year's community award recipient. The organization gave the Salvation Army the seed money in the late 90's to build the Center of Hope on Salem Highway and have continually worked to give back to the Salvation Army.
NewsRadio WGNS' Bryan Barrett served as master of ceremonies for the event.
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